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Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier (5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was a British stage and film actress. She won two Best Actress Academy Awards for her performances as "Southern belle": Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway version of Tovarich (1963).After an education in drama school, Leigh appeared in small roles in four films in 1935, and progressed to the role of heroine in Fire Over England (1937). Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that it sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress. Despite her fame as a screen actress, Leigh was primarily a stage performer. During her 30-year stage career, she played roles ranging from the heroines of Noël Coward and George Bernard Shaw comedies to classic Shakespearean characters such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet and Lady Macbeth. Later in life, she played character roles in a few films.To the public at the time, Leigh was strongly identified with her second husband Laurence Olivier, to whom she was married from 1940 to 1960. Leigh and Olivier starred together in many stage productions, with Olivier often directing, and in three films. For much of her adult life, she suffered from bipolar disorder. She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, and her career suffered periods of inactivity. She suffered recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, first diagnosed in the mid-1940s, which ultimately claimed her life at the age of 53. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Leigh as the 16th greatest female movie star of all time. Wikipedia

Vivian Mary Hartley information

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Birth date: November 5, 1913
Birth place: Darjeeling, West Bengal, British India. [now India]
Death date: 1967-07-08
Height:5' 3½" (1.61 m)
Profession:Actress, Soundtrack
Nationality:British
Spouse:Herbert Leigh Holman
Children:Suzanne Farrington

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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ship of Fools1965Mary Treadwell
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone1961Karen Stone
ITV Play of the Week1959TV SeriesSabina
The Deep Blue Sea1955Hester Collyer
A Streetcar Named Desire1951Blanche
Anna Karenina1948Anna Karenina
Caesar and Cleopatra1945Cleopatra
That Hamilton Woman1941Emma Lady Hamilton
Waterloo Bridge1940Myra
21 Days Together1940Wanda
Gone with the Wind1939Scarlett - Their Daughter
Sidewalks of London1938Liberty aka Libby
A Yank at Oxford1938Elsa Craddock
Storm in a Teacup1937Victoria 'Vickie' Gow
Dark Journey1937Madeleine Goddard
Fire Over England1937Cynthia
Gentlemen's Agreement1935Phil Stanley
Things Are Looking Up1935Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Look Up and Laugh1935Marjorie Belfer
The Village Squire1935Rose Venables

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Teresa the Thief1973performer: "Auld Lang Syne" - uncredited
A Streetcar Named Desire1951performer: "It's Only a Paper Moon" 1933 - uncredited
Waterloo Bridge1940performer: "It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary" 1912, "Candlelight Waltz" 1940, "Auld Lang Syne" - uncredited
Gone with the Wind1939performer: "Ben Bolt Oh Don't You Remember" 1848 - uncredited
Fire Over England1937performer: "The Spanish Lady's Love"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dieter & Andreas1989Short grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ed Sullivan Show1963TV SeriesSinger
The 17th Annual Tony Awards1963TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Musical
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHerself
Today1960TV SeriesHerself
The 14th Annual Tony Awards1960TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Small World1958TV SeriesHerself
Korda Interviews1956TV Movie documentaryInterviewee
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards1940Documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn2015Documentary completed
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War2011TV Series documentaryScarlett O'Hara in 'Gone with the Wind'
20 to 12010TV Series documentaryScarlet O'Hara
Der Klang Hollywoods - Max Steiner & seine Erben2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
To Oz! The Making of a Classic2009Video documentary shortHerself
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year2009TV Movie documentary
Spisok korabley2008DocumentaryLady Hamilton
Today Tonight2007TV SeriesScarlet O'Hara
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story2006TV Movie documentaryHerself as Scarlett O'Hara
Corazón de...2005TV Series
Unsere Besten2004TV SeriesScarlet O'Hara
The Prince, the Showgirl and Me2004TV Movie documentary
American Masters2003TV Series documentaryBlanche DuBois
Living Famously2003TV Series documentary
Biography1998-2001TV Series documentaryHerself / Blanche Du Bois
Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love2001TV Movie documentary
Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel2001TV Movie documentaryScarlett O'Hara
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin2000TV Movie documentaryHerself / Mary Treadwell
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories2000Video documentaryHerself
Legends2000TV Series documentaryHerself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Classified X1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Glorious Technicolor1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait1996TV Series documentaryHerself
The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful1996TV Special documentaryHerself
Legends of Entertainment Video1995Video documentaryHerself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryactress 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (uncredited)
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHerself
Kleiner Mann ganz groß1994TV Movie documentary uncredited
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clip from 'Waterloo Bridge' (uncredited)
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America1993TV Movie documentaryScarlett O'Hara
The Tales of Helpmann1990DocumentaryHerself
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Darlings of the Gods1989TV MovieHerself
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind1988TV Movie documentaryHerself - Cast Member in 'Gone with the Wind'
That's Dancing!1985DocumentaryHerself (clip from "Gone with the Wind")
The Golden Gong1985TV Movie documentary
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Great Performances1983TV SeriesHerself
Has Anybody Here Seen Canada? A History of Canadian Movies 1939-19531979TV Movie documentaryHerself (unconfirmed, uncredited)
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryBlanche DuBois
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryClip from 'Gone with the Wind' (as Vivian Leigh)
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood: The Dream Factory1972TV Movie documentary
Hollywood: The Selznick Years1969TV Movie documentaryActress 'Gone with the Wind' (uncredited)
The Extraordinary Seaman1969Herself (uncredited)
The Screen Director1951Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Hollywood: Style Center of the World1940Documentary shortHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6773 Hollywood Blvd.
1957Special AwardSant Jordi AwardsA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
1953BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActressA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
1952OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
1951NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
1951Volpi AwardVenice Film FestivalBest ActressA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
1940OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleGone with the Wind (1939)
1939NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressGone with the Wind (1939)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1952Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - DramaA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

TitleSalary
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)$100,000
Waterloo Bridge (1940)$100,000
Gone with the Wind (1939)$25,000
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)$100,000
Waterloo Bridge (1940)$100,000
Gone with the Wind (1939)$25,000

#Fact
1Her only child, daughter Suzanne Farrington, died on March 1, 2015 at age 81.
2Had three grandsons: Neville Farrington (born December 4, 1958), Jonathan Farrington (born May 13, 1961) and Rupert Farrington (born August 31, 1962).
3Gave birth to her only child at age 19, a daughter named Suzanne Mary Holman (aka Suzanne Farrington) on October 10, 1933 in a London nursing home. Child's father is her now ex-first ex-husband, Herbert Holman.
4Is one of 11 actresses who won the Best Actress Oscar for a move that also won the Best Picture Oscar (she won for Gone with the Wind (1939)). The others are Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night (1934), Luise Rainer for The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Greer Garson for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Louise Fletcher for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Diane Keaton for Annie Hall (1977), Shirley MacLaine for Terms of Endearment (1983), Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Jodie Foster for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
5Along with Glenda Jackson, she is one of only two British actresses to have won an Academy Award on two occasions: Leigh won Best Actress for Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) while Jackson won Best Actress for Women in Love (1969) and A Touch of Class (1973). Although Elizabeth Taylor - who won Best Actress for BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) - was born in London, her parents were American and she was raised in the United States from the age of three.
6Was the 14th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Gone with the Wind (1939) at The 12th Academy Awards on February 29, 1940.
7Is one of 14 Best Actress Oscar winners to have not accepted their Academy Award in person, Leigh's being for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). The others are Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Judy Holliday, Anna Magnani, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, Anne Bancroft, Patricia Neal, Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith, Glenda Jackson and Ellen Burstyn.
8For her performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), she won the first British Academy Award for Best Actress at the newly inaugurated BAFTA Awards ceremony in 1953.
9Became pregnant twice (in 1944 and 1955) during her marriage to Laurence Olivier; she suffered miscarriages on both occasions.
10She died after collapsing at home from complications from an attack of tuberculosis on July 7, 1967. That evening lights of West End theater marquees were kept dark for an hour in her honor.
11Returned to work sixteen months after giving birth to her daughter Suzanne Farrington in order to begin performing in the stage production entitled "The Green Sash".
12Stepmother of Tarquin Olivier.
13Was offered the role of Alice Aisgill in Room at the Top (1959), which she turned down. Simone Signoret was cast instead and she went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
14The nickname Vivling was given to her by her father. It's a combination of her name and the word darling.
15After Joan Crawford quit filming Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), Leigh was offered her role which she turned down. Olivia de Havilland, Leigh's co-star in Gone with the Wind (1939) was then offered and accepted the role.
16When making Gone with the Wind (1939), super macho director Victor Fleming wanted Scarlett, for at least once in the film, to look like his hunting buddy Clark Gable's type of woman. So, when wearing the stunning low-cut burgundy velvet dress with rhinestones that Scarlett wears to Ashley Wilkes' birthday party in the second half of the film, to achieve the desired cleavage for Fleming, Walter Plunkett had to tape Vivien Leigh's breasts together.
17As of 2013, she is only one of 6 actors who have a 2-0 winning record when nominated for an acting Oscar. The others are Luise Rainer for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937); Helen Hayes for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) and Airport (1970); Kevin Spacey for The Usual Suspects (1995) and American Beauty (1999); Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004); and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012).
18Was the first British actress to win an Academy Award. She won the Best Actress Oscar for Gone with the Wind (1939) in February 1940.
19Had four great-grandchildren: Ashua, Amy, Sophie and Tessa. The great-grandchildren, the girls in particular, bear a striking resemblance to Suzanne.
20Was close friends with Rachel Kempson, the mother of Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave.
21Despite her legendary stature, Leigh made fewer than twenty films in her career.
22Her father was a full-blooded Englishmen, while her mother was of French and Irish ancestry.
23Was obsessed with hiding her large hands. Gloves were a favorite cover-up, she owned more than 150 pairs. Interestingly enough, one of the frequent descriptions of Vivien's most famous character Scarlett O'Hara in the novel Gone with the Wind (1939) is that she has extremely small hands.
24Eventually, Vivien needed shock therapy to control her manic depression. Sometimes, she would go on stage just hours after her treatments, without missing a beat in her performance.
25Her performance as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) is ranked #3 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
26Peter Finch was discovered by Laurence Olivier in 1948 when Olivier and his theatrical company, which included wife Leigh, were conducting a tour of Australia, Olivier signed the young Aussie to a personal contract and Finch became part of Olivier's theatrical company. He then proceeded to cuckold his mentor and employer by bedding Leigh. Olivier was personally humiliated but ever the trouper, he kept the talented Finch under contract after having brought him back to England, where Finch flourished as an actor. Finch and Leigh carried on a long affair, and since Leigh was bipolar and her manic-depression frequently manifested itself in nymphomania, some speculate that Olivier subconsciously might have been grateful for Finch as he occupied Leigh's hours and kept her out of worse trouble and Olivier from even worse embarrassment. Their on-again, off-again affair reportedly reached a crisis point on the movie Elephant Walk (1954), when they had renewed their affair. However, the instability of their relationship allegedly triggered a nervous breakdown in Leigh, and Olivier had to step in to take care of her.
27Laurence Olivier wrote in his autobiography, "Confessions of an Actor", that sometime after World War II, Leigh announced calmly that she was no longer in love with him, but loved him like a brother. Olivier was emotionally devastated. What he did not know at the time was that Leigh's declaration -- and her subsequent affairs with multiple partners -- was a signal of the bipolar disorder that eventually disrupted her life and career. Leigh had every intention of remaining married to Olivier, but was no longer interested in him romantically. Olivier himself began having affairs (including one with Claire Bloom in the 1950s, according to Bloom's own autobiography) as Leigh's eye and amorous intentions wandered and roamed outside of the marital bedchamber. Olivier had to accompany Leigh to Hollywood in 1950 in order to keep an eye on her and keep her out of trouble, to ensure that her manic-depression did not get out of hand and disrupt the production of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). In order to do so, he accepted a role in William Wyler's Carrie (1952) that was shot at the same time as Streetcar. The Oliviers were popular with Hollywood's elite, and Elia Kazan and Marlon Brando both liked "Larry" very much (that was the reason that Brando gave in his own autobiography for not sleeping with Leigh, whom he thought had a superior posterior -- he could not raid Olivier's "chicken coop" as "Larry was such a nice guy".) None of them knew the depths of the anguish he was enduring as the caretaker of his mentally ill wife. Brando said that Leigh was superior to Jessica Tandy -- the original stage Blanche DuBois -- as she was Blanche. Ironically, Olivier himself had directed Leigh in the role on the London stage.
28She was supposed to star in the Paramount film Elephant Walk (1954) with Peter Finch and Dana Andrews, but after appearing in a few scenes she was replaced by Elizabeth Taylor. The reasons for Leigh's dismissal were rumored to be her difficult nature, having just been diagnosed as a manic-depressive. Further complications may have erupted because of an affair she had with co-star Finch while she was still married to Laurence Olivier, and Leigh and Olivier were still married in 1954.
29She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
30Was named #16 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends.
31Won Broadway's 1963 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Tovarich".
32Although she was a British subject for her whole life, her ancestry was French and Irish.
33Had an affair with actor Peter Finch that nearly ended her marriage to Laurence Olivier. The movie The V.I.P.s (1963) is based on an incident from Leigh's and Olivier's marriage, when she was about to leave him for Finch but Olivier wooed her back.
34She desperately wanted to play the second Mrs. De Winter in Rebecca (1940) opposite her husband Laurence Olivier, but producer David O. Selznick thought the role would dilute her value as a Scarlett O'Hara type and cast Joan Fontaine instead. His decision severely strained her professional relationship with Selznick; neither she nor Olivier ever appeared in one of his films again. Fontaine won her first Academy Award nomination in the role.
35Kept Laurence Olivier's photograph beside her bed and on her dressing table even after they divorced. Until her death, she was addressed as "Lady Olivier".
36Reportedly used one of her two Oscars to doorstop her bathroom.
37Godmother of actress Juliet Mills and Suzanna Leigh.
38She took her then husband's first name (Leigh) as her last name when she began acting professionally.
39Her favorite role was that of Myra Lester, which she played in Waterloo Bridge (1940).
40Pictured on one of four 25¢ US commemorative postage stamps issued March 23, 1990 honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp features Clark Gable and Leigh as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind (1939). The other films honored were Beau Geste (1939), Stagecoach (1939) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
41Was offered the supporting role of Isabella in Wuthering Heights (1939), but decided to gamble and hold out for the lead role of Cathy. Director William Wyler thought she was crazy to pass up the opportunity, telling her, "You will never get a better part than Isabella for an American debut." Shortly after, she landed the plum role of Scarlett O'Hara.
42Claimed that when she tested for Gone with the Wind (1939), the costume was still warm from the actress who preceded her.
43A lover of cats, especially Siamese.
44Married Laurence Olivier at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara on August 31, 1940, with Katharine Hepburn as matron of honor; they honeymooned on actor Ronald Colman's yacht.
45According to legend, Myron Selznick introduced Vivien to his brother - Gone with the Wind (1939) producer David O. Selznick - with the words, "Hey, genius! Meet your Scarlett.".
46The producer of the 1935 play "The Mask of Virtue" suggested to her that she change the 'a' in her first name to an 'e' from "Vivian" to "Vivien".
47Laurence Olivier's first wife, Jill Esmond, named Vivien as co-respondent in her February 1940 divorce from Olivier on grounds of adultery. Vivien would name Joan Plowright - Olivier's next and last wife - as co-respondent in her 1960 divorce from Olivier, also on grounds of adultery.
48Scarlett O'Hara might have been played by an actress called 'April Morn', a stage name she briefly considered before settling on Vivien Leigh.
49After cremation at Golders Green, London, her ashes were scattered on the mill pond at her home, Tickerage Mill, at Blackboys in Sussex.
50Gertrude Hartley, while awaiting the birth of her child in Darjeeling, spent 15 minutes every morning gazing at the Himalayas in the belief that their astonishing beauty would be passed to her unborn child.
51A heavy smoker, Leigh was smoking almost four packs a day during filming of Gone with the Wind (1939).
52Lived with John Merivale from 1959 until her death in 1967.
53Suffered from bipolar disorder (referred to as "manic depression" at the time of her diagnosis).
54Ranked #48 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
55Had three grandsons: Neville Farrington (b. December 4 1958), Jonathan Farrington (b. May 13 1961) and Rupert Farrington (b. Aug 31 1962).
56(March 1, 2015) Her only child, a daughter Suzanne Farrington, died aged 81.
57Gave birth to her only child at age 19, a daughter named Suzanne Mary Holman (aka Suzanne Farrington) on October 10, 1933 in a London nursing home. Child's father is her now ex-1st ex-husband, Herbert Holman.
58Along with Glenda Jackson, she is one of only two British actresses to have won an Academy Award on two occasions: Leigh won Best Actress for Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) while Jackson won Best Actress for Women in Love (1969) and A Touch of Class (1973). Although Elizabeth Taylor - who won Best Actress for BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) - was born in London, her parents were American and she was raised in the United States from the age of three.
59Was the 14th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Gone with the Wind (1939) at The 12th Academy Awards on February 29, 1940.
60Is one of 14 Best Actress Oscar winners to have not accepted their Academy Award in person, Leigh's being for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). The others are Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Judy Holliday, Anna Magnani, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, Anne Bancroft, Patricia Neal, Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith, Glenda Jackson and Ellen Burstyn.
61For her performance as Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire", Vivien Leigh won the first British Academy Award for Best Actress at the newly inaugurated BAFTA Awards ceremony in 1953.
62Became pregnant twice (in 1944 and 1955) during her marriage to Laurence Olivier; she suffered miscarriages on both occasions.
63She died after collapsing at home from complications from an attack of tuberculosis on July 7, 1967. That evening lights of West End theater marquees were kept dark for an hour in her honor.
64Returned to work sixteen months after giving birth to her daughter Suzanne Farrington in order to begin performing in the stage production entitled "The Green Sash".
65Ex-stepmother of Tarquin Olivier.
66Was offered the part of Alice Aisgill in Room at the Top (1959), but she turned the role down. Simone Signoret was cast instead and she went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
67The nickname Vivling was given to her by her father. It's a combination of her name and the word darling.
68After Joan Crawford quit filming Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) Leigh was offered her role but she, however, turned it down. Olivia de Havilland, Leigh's co-star in Gone with the Wind (1939) was then offered and accepted the role.
69When making Gone with the Wind (1939), super macho director Victor Fleming wanted Scarlett, for at least once in the film, to look like his hunting buddy Clark Gable's type of woman. So, when wearing the stunning low-cut burgundy velvet dress with rhinestones that Scarlett wears to Ashley Wilkes' birthday party in the second half of the film, to achieve the desired cleavage for Fleming, Walter Plunkett had to tape Vivien Leigh's breasts together.
70As of 2013, she is only one of 6 actors who have a 2-0 winning record when nominated for an acting Oscar. The others are Luise Rainer for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937); Helen Hayes for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) and Airport (1970); Kevin Spacey for The Usual Suspects (1995) and American Beauty (1999); Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004); and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012).
71Was the first British actress to win an Academy Award. She won the Best Actress Oscar for Gone with the Wind (1939) in February 1940.
72Great grandchildren are: Ashua, Amy, Sophie and Tessa. The great grandchildren, the girls in particular, bear a striking resemblance to Suzanne.
73Was close friends with Rachel Kempson, the mother of Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave.
74Despite her legendary stature, Leigh made fewer than twenty films in her career.
75Her father was a full-blooded Englishmen, while her mother was of French and Irish descent.
76Was obsessed with hiding her large hands. Gloves were a favorite cover-up, she owned more than 150 pairs. Interestingly enough one of the frequent descriptions of Vivien's most famous character Scarlett O'Hara in the novel of Gone with the Wind (1939) is that she has extremely small hands.
77Eventually, Vivien needed shock therapy to control her manic depression. Sometimes she would go on stage just hours after her treatments, without missing a beat in her performance.
78Her performance as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) is ranked #3 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
79Peter Finch was discovered by Laurence Olivier in 1948 when Olivier and his theatrical company, which included wife Leigh, were conducting a tour of Australia, Olivier signed the young Aussie to a personal contract and Finch became part of Olivier's theatrical company. He then proceeded to cuckold his mentor and employer by bedding Leigh. Olivier was personally humiliated but ever the trouper, he kept the talented Finch under contract after having brought him back to England, where Finch flourished as an actor. Finch and Leigh carried on a long affair, and since Leigh was bipolar and her manic-depression frequently manifested itself in nymphomania, some speculate that Olivier subconsciously might have been grateful for Finch as he occupied Leigh's hours and kept her out of worse trouble and Olivier from even worse embarrassment. Their on-again, off-again affair reportedly reached a crisis point on the movie Elephant Walk (1954), when they had renewed their affair. However, the instability of their relationship allegedly triggered a nervous breakdown in Leigh, and Olivier had to step in to take care of her.
80Laurence Olivier wrote in his autobiography, "Confessions of an Actor," that sometime after World War II, Leigh announced calmly that she was no longer in love with him, but loved him like a brother. Olivier was emotionally devastated. What he did not know at the time was that Leigh's declaration -- and her subsequent affairs with multiple partners -- was a signal of the bipolar disorder that eventually disrupted her life and career. Leigh had every intention of remaining married to Olivier, but was no longer interested in him romantically. Olivier himself began having affairs (including one with Claire Bloom in the 1950s, according to Bloom's own autobiography) as Leigh's eye and amorous intentions wandered and roamed outside of the marital bedchamber. Olivier had to accompany Leigh to Hollywood in 1950 in order to keep an eye on her and keep her out of trouble, to ensure that her manic-depression did not get out of hand and disrupt the production of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). In order to do so, he accepted a part in William Wyler's Carrie (1952) that was shot at the same time as "Streetcar". The Oliviers were popular with Hollywood's elite, and Elia Kazan and Marlon Brando both liked "Larry" very much (that was the reason that Brando gave in his own autobiography for not sleeping with Leigh, whom he thought had a superior posterior--he couldn't raid Olivier's "chicken coop" as "Larry was such a nice guy".) None of them knew the depths of the anguish he was enduring as the caretaker of his mentally ill wife. Brando said that Leigh was superior to Jessica Tandy -- the original stage Blanche DuBois -- as she WAS Blanche. Ironically, Olivier himself had directed Leigh in the part on the London stage.
81She has at least 3 great granddaughters: Amy, Sophie and Ashua
82She was supposed to star in the Paramount film Elephant Walk (1954) with Peter Finch and Dana Andrews, but after appearing in a few scenes she was replaced by Elizabeth Taylor. The reasons for Leigh's dismissal were rumored to be her difficult nature, having just been diagnosed as a manic-depressive. Further complications may have erupted because of an affair she had with co-star Finch while she was still married to Laurence Olivier, and Leigh and Olivier were still married in 1954.
83Is portrayed by Morgan Brittany in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980) and by Mel Martin in Darlings of the Gods (1989)
84Was named #16 Actress on The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends
85Won Broadway's 1963 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Tovarich."
86Although she was a British subject for her whole life, her ancestry was French and Irish.
87Had an affair with actor Peter Finch that nearly ended her marriage to Laurence Olivier. The movie The V.I.P.s (1963) is based on an incident from Leigh's and Olivier's marriage, when she was about to leave him for Finch but Olivier wooed her back.
88She desperately wanted to play the second Mrs. De Winter in Rebecca (1940) opposite her husband Laurence Olivier, but producer David O. Selznick thought the role would dilute her value as a Scarlett O'Hara type and cast Joan Fontaine instead. His decision severely strained her professional relationship with Selznick; neither she nor Olivier ever appeared in one of his films again. Fontaine won her first Academy Award nomination in the role.
89Kept Laurence Olivier's photograph beside her bed and on her dressing table even after they divorced. Until her death she was addressed as "Lady Olivier."
90Reportedly used one of her two Oscars to doorstop her bathroom.
91Godmother of actress Juliet Mills and Suzanna Leigh.
92Son-in-law's name is Robin Farrington.
93She took her then husband's first name (Leigh) as her last name when she began acting professionally.
94Her favorite role was that of Myra Lester, which she played in Waterloo Bridge (1940).
95Pictured on one of four 25¢ US commemorative postage stamps issued 23 March 1990 honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp features Clark Gable and Leigh as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind (1939). The other films honored were Beau Geste (1939), Stagecoach (1939), and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
96Was offered the supporting role of Isabella in Wuthering Heights (1939), but decided to gamble and hold out for the lead role of Cathy. Director William Wyler thought she was crazy to pass up the opportunity, telling her, "You will never get a better part than Isabella for an American debut." Shortly after, she landed the plum role of Scarlett O'Hara.
97Claimed that when she tested for Gone with the Wind (1939), the costume was still warm from the actress who preceded her.
98A lover of cats, especially Siamese.
99Married Laurence Olivier at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara on August 31st, 1940, with Katharine Hepburn as maid of honor; they honeymooned on actor Ronald Colman's yacht.
100According to legend, Myron Selznick introduced Vivien to his brother - Gone with the Wind (1939) producer David O. Selznick - with the words, "Hey, genius! Meet your Scarlett."
101The producer of the 1935 play "The Mask of Virtue" suggested to her that she change the 'a' in her first name to an 'e' from "Vivian" to "Vivien."
102Laurence Olivier's first wife, Jill Esmond, named Vivien as co-respondent in her February 1940 divorce from Olivier on grounds of adultery. Vivien would name Joan Plowright - Olivier's next and last wife - as co-respondent in her 1960 divorce from Olivier, also on grounds of adultery.
103Scarlett O'Hara might have been played by an actress called 'April Morn', a stage name she briefly considered before settling on Vivien Leigh.
104After cremation at Golders Green, London, her ashes were scattered on the mill pond at her home, Tickerage Mill, at Blackboys in Sussex.
105Gertrude Hartley, while awaiting the birth of her child in Darjeeling, spent 15 minutes every morning gazing at the Himalayas in the belief that their astonishing beauty would be passed to her unborn child.
106A heavy smoker, Leigh was smoking almost four packs a day during filming of Gone with the Wind (1939).
107Lived with John Merivale from 1959 to her death in 1967.
108Suffered from manic depression.
109Ranked #48 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

#Quote
1[on Warren Beatty] He has the kind of magnetic sensuality you could light torches with.
2Actresses go on for a long time and there are always marvelous parts to play.
3Am I finished with Hollywood? Good heavens, no! I shall certainly go back there if there is a film to make.
4All day long you're really leading up to the evening's performance. To time everything correctly, you have to take care of yourself-which is a very difficult thing to do, because it's highly emotional
5[on Alexander Korda] Alex was like a father to us - we went to see him with every little problem we had. We usually left convinced that he had solved it - or that we'd got our own way.
6[when asked to take over Joan Crawford's role in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)] No, thank you. I can just about stand looking at Joan Crawford's face at six o'clock in the morning, but not Bette Davis'.
7Scorpios burn themselves out and eat themselves up and they are careless about themselves - like me. I swing between happiness and misery and I cry easily. I am a mixture of my mother's determination and my father's optimism. I am part prude and part non-conformist and I say what I think and don't dissemble. I am a mixture of French, Irish and Yorkshire, and perhaps that's what it all is.
8Some critics saw fit to say that I was a great actress. I thought that was a foolish, wicked thing to say because it put such an onus and such a responsibility onto me, which I simply wasn't able to carry.
9[to critics about her reviews for "The Mask of Virtue" (1935), her second play on the London stage] It's much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.
10[on Warren Beatty] He has the kind of magnetic sensuality you could light torches with.
11Actresses go on for a long time and there are always marvelous parts to play.
12Am I finished with Hollywood? Good heavens, no! I shall certainly go back there if there is a film to make.
13All day long you're really leading up to the evening's performance. To time everything correctly, you have to take care of yourself-which is a very difficult thing to do, because it's highly emotional
14[on Alexander Korda] Alex was like a father to us - we went to see him with every little problem we had. We usually left convinced that he had solved it - or that we'd got our own way.
15[when asked to take over Joan Crawford's role in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)] No, thank you. I can just about stand looking at Joan Crawford's face at six o'clock in the morning, but not Bette Davis'.
16Scorpios burn themselves out and eat themselves up and they are careless about themselves - like me. I swing between happiness and misery and I cry easily. I am a mixture of my mother's determination and my father's optimism. I am part prude and part non-conformist and I say what I think and don't dissemble. I am a mixture of French, Irish and Yorkshire, and perhaps that's what it all is.
17Some critics saw fit to say that I was a great actress. I thought that was a foolish, wicked thing to say because it put such an onus and such a responsibility onto me, which I simply wasn't able to carry.
18[talking to critics about her reviews for "The Mask of Virtue" (1935), her second play on the London stage] It's much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.

#Trademark
1Black hair and soft green eyes
2Perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning roles in Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
3Often played women who will go to great lengths to achieve their desires
4Raised right eyebrow and cat-like smile
5Black hair and soft green eyes
6Perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning roles in Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
7Often plays women who will go to great lengths to achieve their desires
8Raised right eyebrow
9Cat like smile

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